ClarionLedger.com: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour Undergoes Surgery for Lower Back Pain
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, has returned to the Governor’s Mansion after having surgery to relieve lower back pain.
The 63-year-old Republican, who has traveled extensively during the past year, said Monday’s surgery provided immediate relief. He told The Associated Press recently that walking and sitting on airplanes have caused discomfort.
When I saw the headline at the Drudge Report, “Haley Barbour Undergoes Surgery for Campaign-Related Ailment,” my very first thought was a joke: Hmmm, I didn’t know that name recognition could be surgically implanted.
All kidding aside, it’s important to know that seeking the presidency is a marathon, and not a sprint. While I very much like Haley Barbour, and while I think that he gets it right more often than he gets it wrong when it comes to implementation of conservative principles for the betterment of his state and society, that he is already having trouble caused by stress and travel makes me wonder whether he could survive the presidential primary process — not to mention the presidency itself.
I hope he does. He brings executive experience and a strong background in states’ rights to the GOP mix, and for that reason could appropriately sharpen and shape the debate. As a bonus, he reminds me of William Shatner, and I’ve always wondered what would happen if Shatner ran for president.